Fortnight for Freedom

Pray for Preservation of our Religious Liberty!

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Join us for the Blessing of the Bikes, Saturday, June 24th!

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church
14251 Nall Ave., Leawood, KS 66223
 
What is the Blessing of the Bikes?

The Blessing of the Bikes, also called the Ride for Life and Liberty, is a gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts for the purpose of celebrating our First Amendment Right to Religious Freedom and to raise awareness about threats to these freedoms here and abroad.

This free patriotic event, held in conjunction with the Fortnight for Freedom (www.fortnight4freedom.org), includes reflections on our God-given freedoms and prayer for elected officials and our country.

The Archbishop (or one of his priests) imparts a special blessing on the assembled bikers, their passengers, and their motorcycles to keep them safe. A free will offering is collected for a specific ministry (2017 – Special Needs Ministry).

This event is open to all patriots. Bikers do not have to be Catholic to participate.  Bikers assemble
around 10:00 a.m. at the appointed location (2017 – St. Michael the Archangel, Leawood) to display their motorcycles, enjoy fellowship, and to have
their bikes blessed promptly at 11:00 a.m. The group is served lunch following the blessing. They then depart to Ride for Life and Liberty on their own.

Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at
11:00 a.m.
Feast of the Birth of St. John the Baptist
St. Michael the Archangel
Catholic Church
14251 Nall Ave., Leawood, KS 66223

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Fortnight for Freedom (virtual) Parish Resource Packet

The Fortnight for Freedom website has many great resources to mobilize Catholics to Pray, Learn and Defend our Religious Liberty.  There's a lot of good stuff but it can be overwhelming!  So to help Pastors and Parishes prepare we have culled some of the best right here:

  1. Prayers of the Faithful :  Please use or modify these Prayers of the Faithful to pray with the Church during the Fortnight for Freedom.
  2. Get the Facts:  These fact sheets are a great resource for preparing homilies or giving talks on the domestic and international threats to religious liberty.
  3. Bulletin Announcements :  Bulletins can be a great way to educate and mobilize the faithful, so we've prepared these bulletin blurbs of various lengths to be included in your parish bulletins.
  4. Bulletin Inserts:  Here are some of the best of the bishops' bulletin inserts that the USCCB offers on religious freedom:

Life, Marriage & Religious Liberty           

(Spanish Version) La vida, el matrimonio y la libertad: Reza, Ayuna, Actúa

Protecting Consciences: Why Conscience is Important      

(Spanish Version) Proteger la conciencia: por qué la conciencia es importante

Religious Freedom: Prayer and Action are Necessary to Keep Our First Freedom First     

(Spanish Version) Libertad religiosa: Oración y acción son necesarias para mantener nuestra primera libertad

 

 

Prayer Resources

The following prayers may be used in solidarity with the bishops' call  to penance and prayer to restore religious freedom & conscience  protections.
Please note: No special permissions are required to use these  prayers, so long as no modification is made and proper attribution is given as noted on the resources.

The Litany of Liberty:   Patriotic and uplifting, this 2 page Litany of Liberty is appropriate for prayer vigils or gatherings.

Holy Hour:  There is a beautiful Holy HourTemplate for organizing a Eucharistic adoration prayer for religious freedom at your parish

Downloadable Prayer Cards:  These printable prayer cards include the official prayer for religious freedom in English or in Spanish.  Your parish can also order cards  in packages of 100 for about $12 from the USCCB.  They are great for after daily mass or before meetings.

Fortnight for Freedom-Reflections:  These reflections and readings from the Vatican II document Declaration on Religious Liberty (Dignitatis Humanae) are intended for daily use during the Fortnight for Freedom. The readings and the questions that follow can be used for group discussion or for personal reflection.

Archbishop Naumann on Religious Freedom

Letter from Kansas Faith Leaders on Religious Freedom Legislation:   Last year the Archbishop  issued a joint letter from twelve Kansas faith leaders urging legislators to approve religious freedom legislation. Among various faith leaders, the Archbishop was also joined by Bishops John Brungardt and Edward Weisenburger.


The Shepherd's Voice  Radio interview on Religious Freedom (2013)

Archbishop Naumann interviews Michael Schuttloffel, Executive Director of the Kansas Catholic Conference.  They discuss the unprecedented and alarming threat that the HHS mandate poses to our First Amendment rights of religious freedom and what Catholics are doing to confront it.


Audio of Archbishop Naumann’s Homily on Religious Freedom from the 2013 Fortnight  (English) 

 

 

 

Audio of Archbishop Naumann's Homily on Religious Freedom from the 2013 Fortnight (Spanish)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the Fortnight for Freedom?

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced a special time for prayer and education including the 14 days from June 21 – the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, great martyrs who remained faithful in the fact of religious persecution – to July 4, Independence Day.  This time period, called the “Fortnight for Freedom,” will be dedicated to prayer, study, catechesis, and public action about both our Christian and American heritage of liberty.